Hands-on review of the new iPhone 11 Pro

This picture, taken in the exact same conditions as the one above, was taken at f 2.8 with a shutter speed of 1/30 of a second with a Canon 50mm prime lens mounted on a Canon Rebel T6i camera. Notice how dark the image is, and how much noise is in the picture because of the high ISO.

This picture, taken in the exact same conditions as the one above, was taken at f 2.8 with a shutter speed of 1/30 of a second with a Canon 50mm prime lens mounted on a Canon Rebel T6i camera. Notice how dark the image is, and how much noise is in the picture because of the high ISO.

Parker Rhee, Reporter

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Over 96% of Americans own a cellular device of some sort. While phones are great for doing everything from communicating to gaming, all phones, as is true of all electronic devices, will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. However, with phone prices skyrocketing, prospective customers are sometimes reluctant to buy new products without assurance that they are going to get a device that is worth the massive upgrade price. This review will aim to help people who are thinking about getting a new iPhone 11 pro.

One of the headline features of the new iPhone is the triple camera system. While the previous models of iPhone have a wide angle lens for capturing big areas and a telephoto lens for close-ups and portraits, the pro models of the iPhone 11 have an additional ultra-wide camera lens. The ultra-wide lens allows unprecedented areas of a scene to be captured, and will be greatly appreciated for landscape photography. This lens has a 13mm focal length, the smaller the focal length, the more of a scene a person can capture. For comparison, humans view the world at about the equivalent to a 50mm lens. One of the biggest debates about phone cameras is whether or not they have advanced enough to be able to replace digital cameras (DSLR’s) like the kinds used by professionals. When it comes to the ultra-wide angle lens, there is no doubt, this phone blows any other lens and camera combination out of the water. Almost any other DSLR lens under $1,000 would struggle to be able to produce pictures at this focal length without the perspective being way off. This means that most other lenses at this focal length would make the objects in the picture look like they were taken in the reflection of a fun house mirror.

The addition of the ultra-wide angle lens also allowed Apple to add a new feature for shooting pictures in areas with low light. Called ‘night mode’, the new feature combines artificial intelligence with the extra areas of a scene provided by the ultra-wide lens to allow a user to take incredible night shots.

The other lenses on the iPhone 11 pro performed well, but not spectacular, just like they do on older models of iPhone. The new processor is fast, but not a noticeable jump up from older models. The battery, however, is much improved. Depending on if a person decides to buy the Pro or Pro Max version, four or five hours of batter life is added. Overall, the new iPhone Pro models are an excellent buy if you have a fairly old model such as the iPhone 6 and want only the best, but if you already have an iPhone X or newer model, it may not be worth the expense.